Fans of the white-wolf (including myself) are rejoicing: Everyone’s favorite Witcher is finally coming to the small screen!
I’m sure most gamers have at least heard of The Witcher games, but even more dedicated fans have read through some of Andrzej Sapkowski’s original novels, and are aware that this universe is so much larger and expansive than many would think (I’m talkin’ eight books-large). Sapkowski wrote,
“I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing…I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”
Now, I have only recently played through The Witcher 2 and 3, but I still feel like these might have been some of the most enthralling playthroughs I’ve ever experienced. The characters and story — not to mention the realistically fanciful world they throw you into — were enough to keep me engaged. I can only hope that the show can do the series justice.
Some big(ish) names are also going to be involved, including the Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Tomek Basinski (The Cathedral) as well as Jarek Sawko and Sean Daniel (The Mummy and The Expanse). If you feel like you’ve seen some of these names at the end of a Witcher game, it’s because they are a part of the Polish visual effects company called Platige Image, which created all of the games’ CGI intros.
No release date has been discussed for this Netflix original, but I have no quarrels with this. If they need to take some time to make the show good, then do it.